ï~~ Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 48 (2011) 7-26 Six Homeric Papyri from Oxyrhynchus at Columbia University Charles Bartlett, Susan Boland New York University Lauren Carpenter Fordham University Stephen Kidd, Inger Kuin, Melanie Subacus New York University Abstract Edition of six fragmentary papyri from Oxyrhynchus with the Iliad and the Odyssey, previously described in POxy. 3.534, 536-539, and POxy. 6.950. The dates range from the second to the third century CE. 1. Homer, Iliad 1.1-15 columbia.apis.p1328 H x W = 12.6 x 18.8 cm early III CE POxy. 3.534 descr.; MP3 559; LDAB 1989; Allen no. 0109; West no. 01091 The Egypt Exploration Society gave this papyrus, described in POxy. 3 (1903), to Columbia University in 1908.2 The fragment carries part of a single column containing the first 15 lines of the first book of the Iliad (recto; the verso is blank). Part of the bottom margin is preserved (to a depth of 2 cm at most), suggesting that the entire column was a mere 15 lines; but as Grenfell and Hunt noted, first columns are often short. The right-hand intercolumnar space is preserved up to 1.7 cm. The width of this first column can be calculated to have been roughly 13.5 cm, or slightly more than its 10.8 cm height.3 The 1 The texts of the six papyri in this article have been collated with the editions of T.W. Allen, Homeri Ilias (Oxford 1931), and M.L. West, Homeri Ilias (Stuttgart-Leipzig 1998). 2 POxy. 5, p. 317. The note on custodial history found in APIS ("Purchased by Columbia University from M. Nahman through H.I. Bell, in Bell's inventory") is due to a confusion over the inventory number assigned to it there, 202c (4), which refers to a "packet of fragments" purchased through H.I. Bell in 1924 (which originated from the acquisitions of Dr. David Askren, not M. Nahman). 3 This width falls within the average range of column widths for hexameter verses, 11-14 cm according to WA. Johnson, Bookrolls and Scribes in Oxyrhynchus (Toronto 2004) 116.
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